Oana-Alina Boiu-Sicuia, Vasilica Stan, Călina Petruța Cornea
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Recycling the sewage sludge from treatment plants is a common activity. The resulting compost is usually rich in plant nutrients and beneficial microorganisms. However, compost properties greatly differ depending on the nature of the fermented biomass and fermentation processes. The aim of this study was to analyze the microbial load of three different composts, in order to detect new bacterial strains with plant protection properties. Isolated bacteria were microbiologically characterized and evaluated for their potential to reduce soil-borne phytopathogenic fungi. Results showed a microbial load of approximately 106 CFU/g of compost. In the analyzed samples it was revealed that as bacterial load increases, the fungal amount decreases. Analyzing some newly isolated bacteria obtained from these composts, a good biocontrol potential against soil-borne pathogenic fungi was revealed. Some of the isolated bacterial strains revealed antifungal activity against Rhizoctonia solani and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. These bacteria showed good colonization capacity and lytic enzymes production, correlated to antimicrobial activity. These compost-originated bacteria reveal high potential in pathogens inhibition. Therefore, the analyzed composts are recommended not only as soil fertility improvers, but also as potential suppressors of soil-borne pathogens. Results revealed these composts as source of plant beneficial bacteria with biological control potential.
Cite this paper: Boiu-Sicuia, O.A., Stan, V., Cornea, C.P. (2021). THE COMPOST, A SOURCE OF PLANT BENEFICIAL BACTERIA WITH BIOCONTROL POTENTIAL. Current Trends in Natural Sciences, 10(20), 32-38. https://doi.org/10.47068/ctns.2021.v10i20.004